About the book: Broadbent Manor is a home brimming with life and love. With eleven adopted children in her care, young widow Lily Broadbent is in search of the right tutor to instruct and nurture her young charges. So when Frederick Woodstone arrives on the doorstep seeking the position, Lily is quickly impressed by his qualifications—but even more pleased with his gentle manner and immediate rapport with the children that society cast aside. It is clear: Mr. Woodstone is a perfect fit for the family.
From the moment he arrives at the manor, Frederick is enchanted by the lady of the house. Lily is a pillar of strength and compassion, and her striking beauty is undeniable. As the pair works side by side to teach the children, their professional association evolves into something far deeper. But when they stumble upon a young boy in dire circumstances, their relationship is put to the test as Lily makes the impetuous decision to rescue the child—no matter the consequences. What follows is a chain of events that will threaten all that Lily has built for her young family, as the fight for the safety of one small boy becomes a battle between life and death.
My review: This book took me just a little bit to get into, but when I did, I didn't want to put it down.
I liked Frederick, he is unsure at first, if he's even going to get the job that he's applying for. But he forges on through the rain and it's really the start of a beautiful story. I loved the way he interacts with Lily's children throughout the story. I really liked the church scene where he gets the boys to sit through the meeting and endears himself to Lily.
I really liked Lily as well. I was kind of surprised by the way she would go to orphanages, say a prayer and bring home the child she felt impressed to bring home, thus enlarging her family of her own self to include 11 children who truly needed someone to care for them and who came to love her for her love for them.
I liked the plot of this one. I was never sure what was going to happen next, and I was really surprised by the way Frederick's story ties into one of Lily's children's story. I really wanted to know more about this part, maybe someday that will happen.
This is a cute book that I really enjoyed reading! Make sure to make time to read it yourself!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Purchase links: Amazon - Deseret Book
About the author: Anita Stansfield began writing at the age of sixteen, and her first novel was published sixteen years later. Her novels range from historical to contemporary and cover a wide gamut of social and emotional issues that explore the human experience through memorable characters and unpredictable plots. She has received many awards, including a special award for pioneering new ground in LDS fiction, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Whitney Academy for LDS Literature. Anita is the mother of five, and has two adorable grandsons. Her husband, Vince, is her greatest hero.
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